By Zach Arnold | October 3, 2007
Dave Meltzer at Fox Sports asks if Michael Bisping is a big-enough name to headline a UFC show in Newark, New Jersey. Rashad Evans has comments about his upcoming fight in The Newark Star-Ledger. Take a look at the ticket prices UFC is asking for at the event.
Adam Morgan shares the same sentiments as I do about this season’s version of The Ultimate Fighter. Last night’s show was absolutely painful to watch. Just brutal television. As brutal as the commercials for that awful “Manswers” show. Mac Danzig talks about the latest episode. Matt Hughes weighs in.
Alabama’s attorney general says cage fighting is legal.
The K-1 9/29 Seoul, South Korea show drew an 11.6% rating on Fuji TV. According to NHB News (Japanese), the number is significantly down compared to past September GPs on the network (2004 – 19.6%, 2005 – 18.2%, and 2006 – 16.0%).
Now, onto the ratings for the K-1 World MAX 2007 show. The show drew an 11.8% rating on TBS, according to NHB News. Other World MAX show ratings from this year – 2/5 Japanese tournament (16.4%), 4/4 event (14.0%), 6/28 world tournament (12.0%).
The quick summary is that the ratings are declining for K-1 in Japan. The promotion is running more shows outside the country in order to try boost live show revenue. As with the case when WCW died and vanished from the American pro-wrestling marketplace, nobody in Japan has been able to fill the void in the fight scene since PRIDE’s death. Take WCW for example — during the peak of the Monday Night Wars between that organization and WWE, the companies were pulling in anywhere from 10-12 million viewers. Now, WWE alone is drawing a 3.2-3.4 cable rating. WCW fans left and have not come back because they don’t like WWE’s brand of wrestling. Same case with the PRIDE fans — they still exist, but the fans just aren’t buying into what K-1 and others are selling.
Remember how I said last week that marijuana usage is a big deal in Japan? Well, here’s an example for you. Daily Sports is reporting on a trial involving 40-year old former K-1 fighter Masaaki Miyamoto (who was a trainer & second for Bob Sapp during his K-1 run) for violating Japan’s Cannabis Control Law. During the trial, Miyamoto admitted that he used marijuana to ease muscular pains during training. The prosecutor in the case is asking for an 80,000 yen fine and a 2-year jail sentence. Miyamoto’s attorney is asking for a suspended sentence. The defense story in the trial is that Miyamoto first used marijuana in Holland during a training excursion, but did not use marijuana when he came back home to Japan. The prosecutorial claim against Miyamoto is that he bought marijuana twice in Japan, equaling around 5 grams at a price tag of 30,000 yen from an acquaintance. Last February, Miyamoto was caught speeding (driving his car 44 km/hour) in Okinawa prefecture. Miyamoto apologized to everyone in the courtroom and to K-1 fans for his marijuana usage.
The latest IFL happenings.
There is a new MMA blog at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Reno Gazette-Journal is reporting that Reno middleweight boxer Joey Gilbert (who also is a promoter in the area) failed an NSAC drug test (six drugs listed).
Kodansha to cancel publication of magazine issue due to big mistake.
Onto today’s headlines.
- Sprawl ‘n Brawl: Living in a TUF MMA world
- Steve Sievert: Houston’s Todd Moore signs with WEC
- MMA on Tap: Hardcore Championship Fighting signs Renato Babalu
- The New York Times: ‘Survivor’ meets Ultimate Fighting, with helpful witch doctors on call
- Jake Rossen: PRIDE and prejudice
- The Los Angeles Daily News: Palmdale’s Daniel McWilliams trades prison for MMA cage
- Sports Illustrated: Daniel Puder is balancing the party and fight
- MMA Analyst: More events for the non-mainstream fan – Aleksander, HDNet, and Pancrase